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by Eugo
Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 23065

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

Now, I know your post was probably intended as light-hearted, and you weren't looking to move a debate in that direction, so this undoubtably seems like a complete overreaction. However, given the awful messages we are bombarded with about gender and body image, I bristle at any policing of bodies ...
by Eugo
Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 69011

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

One thing I really don't like about shopping in general is this type of confusion: I need hand cream, but why are there so many kinds at different prices? Or I just want to buy a pen-- a pen , for crying out loud-- and the store has literally dozens of styles of pen in stock. Why the #$@% should I ...
by Eugo
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 17054

Re: 0998: "2012"

Foxpro says ?{12/21/2012}-{1/2/2012} 354 353 might be better with the phrasing chosen. You may be better off using the strict date format, this being an international forum. You risk being misunderstood by the compiler and readers with a different locale. ?{^2012/12/21}-{^2012/1/2} 354 Still yields...
by Eugo
Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

I'm curious as to why you think "try and" is a mistake in the first place? Mistake or not, it confused me to no end when I was learning English. Actually, the only meaning of "try" which made sense then was "invest some effort"... but then the sentence was "to try...
by Eugo
Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

Another one of my pets: "try and verb " instead of "try to verb ". Specially nice if a sentence implies a real trial, as in "let's try and hang him". I propose a little game. Let's pretend (try and pretend) that this is a completely regular construction, which can then ...
by Eugo
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 348287

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

PerchloricAcid wrote:Šporet is weird, but Mašinka could be thought of as a derivative of the name "Maša" (which is an usual name), don't you think?

Nowadays we may think whatever we want, but in 1946 the machine gun was an important household item :).
by Eugo
Tue Dec 27, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 348287

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Tarzan is a common name among Gypsies in Serbia, and so are names such as "Jamezdin", originated from James Dean. A classmate of mine was called Tarzan. Indeed, not the rarest of names. We had Mašinka (machine gun), Šporet (oven) and others for a while. However, the list is much longer th...
by Eugo
Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 348287

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

A guy named Tarzan Milošević was a mayor of a city somewhere in Montenegro or South Serbia, can't remember exactly. The year is one of them early 1990s, and he's a guest on the local radio. Host: do you have any problems with your name? TM: not at all, this is a small city, and everybody here knows ...
by Eugo
Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 69011

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

And now for something completely different. On the other end of the spectrum you have all this packaging with the brand name prominent, the "33% more" even larger, and then a bunch of buzzwords also quite large, then there's the "Free CD inside!" and other non-information... and ...
by Eugo
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The negative connotation problem
Replies: 4
Views: 4485

Re: The negative connotation problem

There's also a list of words which help - insert a "slightly", "mildly", "somewhat", "a bit", "after a fashion", "in a way" etc. The language already has those tools.
by Eugo
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

Windows is singular. It is an operating system, and is only one instance of the operation system. "Windows are shutting down" could be used when several instances are shutting down, or when glass panes in walls are turning off. Yes, but it still drives me... to the point that I have start...
by Eugo
Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

about agent/subject Stop saying things like this. Agent and subject are not the same thing, which we've been pointing out to you repeatedly, so please refrain from treating them interchangeably, as it only confuses things. I meant "about agent/subject confusion"... and got confused halfwa...
by Eugo
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

I'm still not clear on how you're determining which noun is the subject without using word order/syntax. Also to gmalivuk, about agent/subject: this is 6th grade stuff, but I remember it quite clearly. The verbs denote action, state or happening. The agent is, therefore, absent when there is no act...
by Eugo
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

OK, if we replace "agent" with "subject", does it then work in English? Does what work, exactly? Because my point was that two sentences can have the same factual meaning, and yet have different subjects and objects. And I agree with your point. I was asking about this general p...
by Eugo
Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

OK, if we replace "agent" with "subject", does it then work in English?
by Eugo
Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

In a sentence with (almost) the same meaning, "the book is there on the table", the subject is the book. But meaning (alone) isn't how we determine which thing is actually the subject in a particular sentence, at least not in English. "Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids" and &...
by Eugo
Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

But nevertheless, *syntactically*, "there" is the subject. This is evidenced by the fact that "there" comes before "is" in the statement, but after it in a question, and the fact that it can function as a subject in a short answer, such as "yes, there is" or ...
by Eugo
Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 110653

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

"there is" is a fixed expression. Also in other languages with other words. German is more weird: "there is" = "es gibt", which literally means "it gives" French is somewhat closer to English: "there is" = "il y a" = "he/it there has&...
by Eugo
Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”
Replies: 37
Views: 7214

Re: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”

Well what are the other languages do you know? Serbian native (which also brings the other ex-Yu languages - Croatian etc), Russian, Hungarian, and then a bunch where I am not fluent but manage to understand and sometimes even speak a bit (French, German, Italian and most Slavic languages, to varyi...
by Eugo
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”
Replies: 37
Views: 7214

Re: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”

This is true for all natural languages. To an extent, yes. The ambiguity of English, however, surpasses many. Actually, I don't know any other language (and I've met several) where you have to take a good look to decide the kind of word - is it a noun, a verb, an adjective or even an adverb. Or whe...
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”
Replies: 37
Views: 7214

Re: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”

Yes, there are lots of homonyms in English, and there are a lot of words with multiple definitions. Most of the time, however, context is sufficient to disambiguate them. Auxiliary verbs, on the other hand, are almost perfectly interchangeable. For example, auxiliary “may” can indicate either havin...
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Stop agglutinating, you devious dog!
Replies: 7
Views: 3526

Re: Stop agglutinating, you devious dog!

Yes, which means there are exceptions. It doesn't mean there aren't rules. My daughter learned one of those rules in an AP English class... and then found that the rule may apply in only twelve cases (nowadays they can count the whole language on those computers), but eight of them are exceptions. ...
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”
Replies: 37
Views: 7214

Re: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”

gmalivuk wrote:No, it's just a completely different verb that happens to be homonymous.

Next I expect you will tell me that they are distinguished by context only. Identical spelling, identical pronunciation, and yet they call upon in supplication to differ.
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Stop agglutinating, you devious dog!
Replies: 7
Views: 3526

Re: Stop agglutinating, you devious dog!

gmalivuk wrote:Are you prepared to defend your ridiculous claim that English spelling has nothing to do with how words sound?

"Nothing" was an exaggeration, of course. But there's always a word you never heard, that you will read wrongly, and a word you heard, that you will not know how to spell.
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Creating a grammar for "swear-phrases"
Replies: 7
Views: 4817

Re: Creating a grammar for "swear-phrases"

Oath!
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why do people begin sentences with the word "and"?
Replies: 23
Views: 8380

Re: Why do people begin sentences with the word "and"?

The only time I will do it is if I forgot a thought and I want to link them together. This most often happens when I'm mad or ranting about something stupid. Ex: "That dress is all wrong for her. It's too big in several places. And it's the wrong color." Something like that. There's also ...
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Stop agglutinating, you devious dog!
Replies: 7
Views: 3526

Re: Stop agglutinating, you devious dog!

DasEengineer wrote:Still... definately a good purchase!

Definately is definitely on top of my list at The Grand Art of Spell.
by Eugo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”
Replies: 37
Views: 7214

Re: Dould: modal auxiliary of “Do”

Which I personally see as no more of a problem than the fact that "could" might mean "was able to", "were able to", "would be able to", or even "am/is/are able to (but may or may not go through with it)". As a sidenote to these very irregular verbs,...
by Eugo
Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 87467

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

And the saddest part is, of course, finding that your problem has existed for a full eight years before you encountered it. Accidentally, for eight days now I have a tab open on a forum of the manufacturer of an ActiveX component, of a thread started in 2006, amended in 2007 and now by me. The bug ...
by Eugo
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sarcasm/Irony
Replies: 32
Views: 13058

Re: Sarcasm/Irony

"Irony is one of those metally words, like goldy or bronzy".
by Eugo
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25026

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

"Your problem with the MTV generation is they're kids?" No. They are not kids. That's what the strip is establishing. Instead, WHG's problem with the MTV generation is the kids that they produced, who have no attention span. I may be too old for this, but it's not just MTV. It's MTV style...
by Eugo
Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Idioms that don't make sense
Replies: 60
Views: 17910

Re: Idioms that don't make sense

The skin of one's teeth are his gums. There's this kind of idiom which did have sense once, but it was forgotten. I've recently started saying (in forums in English) just "there are graffiti" instead of "there's writing on the wall", for several reasons, but mostly because it me...
by Eugo
Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 171658

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I would like to see xor come into usage, distinguishing between or and exclusive or . I would pronounce it [zɒr]. I agree. Or at least make either/or mandatory - and consider the regular or inclusive. But, until then, the regular or seems to imply xor in a question. For example, some versions of wi...
by Eugo
Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 171658

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

saying "i provided it," when you mean to indicate a past perfect action, sounds silly Well, yeah, because that's a grammatically incorrect way to form the past perfect in English. Also, why do you have this objection to "provided", but not to, say, every single other regular Eng...
by Eugo
Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Idioms that don't make sense
Replies: 60
Views: 17910

Re: Idioms that don't make sense

Derek wrote:
Eugo wrote:I prefer the Serbian unambiguous one about inability to "both squeeze and fart".

Is this anatomically true?

I can offer no proof, only empirical evidence.
by Eugo
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Linguistic Challenge
Replies: 16
Views: 6712

Re: Linguistic Challenge

He left us alone
He left us a loan
by Eugo
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Idioms that don't make sense
Replies: 60
Views: 17910

Re: Idioms that don't make sense

Personally, I can't see much difference between having cake and not eating it, and not having cake and not eating it. Either way you're not eating it. Actually, the "have XOR eat" exclusion puts me in an awkward position when someone says "have a cake". What am I supposed to do ...
by Eugo
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Three sentences in as many languages as possible
Replies: 77
Views: 21881

Re: Three sentences in as many languages as possible

Serbian/Српски 3. Do you have a relative that speaks German? Imate li rodjaka koji govori nemacki? имaте ли рођака који говори немачки? The Latin is incorrect. Should be Imate li rođaka koji govori nemački? I have compiled a long list of words where using the old "dj for đ" kludge just do...
by Eugo
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28390

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

Nyúl, IIRC, in Hungarian (ny being the palatalized n, and acute meaning length); nyszi (sz reads as simple s) would be a bunny. In Serbian, Croatian and other previously same languages, zec/зец (z/з as z in z ero, c/ц as in pi zz a) for a male rabbit; pl. zečevi/зечеви. Fem. zečica/зечица (č/ч = ch ...
by Eugo
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 83858

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

There's only one thing missing - the floating box with some Geocities ad, or searchbox or whatever, that would frantically try to move as you scrolled, but the machines of the time just weren't fast enough. I have a confession to make - my website used to be on Geocities for a while, when I switched...

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